Tuesday, December 8, 2015

What can I do?

The holiday season is often a time when people think about what they can do for other people. We get excited about the gifts we might receive but what about others who are not as fortunate as we are? Our school core virtue is Generosity this month. Have you given this topic some thought?

But we often think..."I'm just a kid, what can I do?" or "I'm just one person, how can I make a difference?"

Do you think kids can show generosity? Do you think one person can make a difference? Have you done something that helps others?
What would you do to help others if you could? Have you seen examples of people your age being generous?
(leave out others names, please.)

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  1. I think a good way to help people in general is to leave a basket of small toys or one big one outside on someone's doorstep and don’t tell who it was from. I have also seen people be generous by donating to the Developmental Pathways thing. This is a good example because that is a way to help people who don’t have schools as good as LPS learn thing that the don’t necessarily have the materials to learn. -James L.

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    1. I like how you are talking about how you don't have to tell the person its from. You can just do it and hope they enjoy it.

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    2. I like how you talk about Developmental Pathways. I think that is a really generous thing to do.

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  2. I can donate gifts through project 600. I go to this church and my family always sends gifts for others who need it more than us. Also that church has Angel Tree where you do the same thing.
    I can give food to the ones who need it through a project. I help carry the food to a car and the car goes to a shelter where they can the food.
    I can give warm clothing for those who need it in the coming winter.
    You can do anything to help anyone.

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  3. Yes, I do think kids can show generosity. One person can make a huge difference; such as making a charity or donating food and or money. Yes, if we are ever in the city, we always give food to those who are homeless or to those who need food. If I could, I would make a charity where you could donate used clothes, food, and money. Those products would then go to those in need. I have seen many people my age donate money, food, clothes, etc to those in need. I have also heard of some kids a bit older than me create charities that have gotten big and are now helping millions. If you are generous to someone; the world will not change. But that someone’s world will.

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    1. I enjoyed how you said if I could... That shows that you would want to do this when you get the chance. I have seen people our age donate clothes. money, and food to. I think its great that they do have charities where you can do that. At my church, they have a food bank where you put whatever in this shopping cart basket. Maybe you bought four boxes of Cheerios on accident. Instead of returning them, you can donate a few of them. Small things like that can make a change.

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  4. I think that kids can show generosity by sharing ideas/games/toys (The last one was from my sister who is three). One person can definitely make a difference because they can encourage others to do the same. I have done something to help others by helping a classmate with his DLI practice page, giving some of my pencil led to someone, and generating some ideas to help another classmate with his essay. I have seen others help people in their classroom, and I myself have been helped. I have seen these happen by people my age too.

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    1. I like your examples you gave. They were very descriptive. It gave me an idea of what you were talking about.

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    2. I like your examples you gave. They were very descriptive. It gave me an idea of what you were talking about.

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    3. I like how you said they can share ideas!

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  5. I think kids can show a lot of generosity. Sometimes kids can be nicer than adults. I think that that happens because children think more about what they do than adults. One person can make a difference because they can spread it on to everyone else. Someone has to start everything. You can't all just do the same thing at once. One of the people who are doing it have to make an action. I have done something that helps others and I think everyone does almost everyday. It’s extremely hard to think of something mean to say to someone, but it’s way easier to think of something nice to say. I have seen people my age being generous all the time. There’s a lot of big generous things people do and little things people do. If you drop your pencil and someone picks it up. That is a nice things. Or even if someone breaks your water bottle and then buys you a new one is generous. There is things all around us happening that is nice. It’s not hard, so why not?

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    1. I like how you said that it is extremely hard to think of something mean to say. It is actually true!

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    2. This is very very thoughtful. You make a lot of good points and I love what you said.

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    3. I like how you explained the fact that sometimes kids are nicer than adults. It's a lot better than just saying "kids are nice" or something like that.

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  6. Mirek
    12/8/15
    Generosity blog post

    Yes. I think that anybody can show generosity. It doesn't have to be a super big thing. The little things can mean a lot to. I think that one person can make a difference. If somebody started a fundraising event it could encourage a lot of other people to do something to. I have done a few things to help others. Each month our family tries to something nice for somebody else. We make crafts and cookies for others, shovel sidewalks, donate small clothes and a few other things. After we read the book A Long Walk To Water some kids in the class decided to raise money to help pay for water wells. In articles and magazines a lot of times you hear about really young kids who start fund raising events to help the poor. I think that if somebody doesn’t have something and they get it, they will be super excited. Anyone can make a difference.

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    1. I like how you mention things like doing crafts or making cookies. A lot of people would enjoy making those things and wouldn't mind taking time and money to give them to other people.

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  7. I do think kids can show generosity. One time I saw someone poor on the street and my sister came up to him and gave him a five dollar bill even though it was her last one. I do think one person can make a difference. For example one time I saw someone (a new kid) in need of a friend. I remembered one time when I was a new kid and wanted friends. So I went up to him and asked him if he wanted to play four square. If I saw someone in need of help I would go see what they needed and try to help them. Maybe kids could even more generous.

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    1. I like how you related to the new kid. That showed that you knew how he felt and wanted him to feel good. I also agree with you that kids can show generosity.

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  8. My family cares more than just a bit about the topic of generosity on and around the holidays. Every year, my parents choose to participate in the gift drive for two kids, and this year my dad decided to buy a skateboard for a needy teenager. As for me, I do believe a kid can be generous, even though I never really thought about gift giving until last year. Back then, I gave my friends small used stuffed animals. This year, I decided that people were worth spending money on. I spent a total of $20 on gifts for not only my family and friends, but also for the less fortunate. I bought the cutest little plush bunny, and I’m going to gift wrap it to give to a homeless kid. Generosity is by far my favorite core virtue, and I believe it’s one of the biggest aspects of my personality.

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  9. How I/people Are Showing Generosity-

    This person is showing generosity by letting other people use her stuff. Whenever someone asks for something to use from her she always gives out a hand and says “Sure!” in a cheerful voice.

    This person is showing generosity by doing whatever she can to be helpful at home or at school. She is always setting the table or helping mom when she has to rush to work. At school she always is helping the teacher and thinking of others more than herself.

    I have been making Christmas presents for all the members of my family. They are all homemade things. I have been thinking first about others and not myself.

    My whole family has been doing things down town. Stuff like making bags of art supplies to go to places all around the world that don’t have anything.

    We have been doing operation Christmas child. This is where we make boxes of things and toys for kids all over the world and we give them a little message that we wrote are self's.

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  10. Generosity is an Everybody Word.


    It’s Christmas morning and I’m opening presents with my family, but all I can think about is others. The homeless people downtown, the kids with no presents because their parents are unemployed, and the young boy sad because his mom died on christmas, they all see the holidays differently. Many people say, “ I’m just a kid, what can I do?”, but generosity is more than that. Kids all over the world are helping people on their own, without help from adults. Generosity is a everybody word. No matter if you are tall or short, slim or fat, generosity is an everybody word.

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    1. I like that it is an "everybody word." That makes me happy. :)

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  11. Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. So, when Christmas does come I always feel like I need to be kind to the people who have been kind to me all year. I feel like I need to be a friend to those who don’t have friends, get back together with the people I care about, and most of all be kind and generous. I feel like anyone can make a difference if they believe they can. I feel like all of my friends, even the ones I haven’t seen or hung out with a lot this year, can all make a difference in the world. I know this because they have made a difference in my life and I thank them for that. Every day I see people making a difference in this world. If I listed all of them, it would be more than five pages. But, some of the ones I have seen recently are by Mrs. Potts and friends. My lovely teacher Mrs. Potts help my mom and I with a problem we had and we didn’t know what to do. We texted her, and very kindly back she responded and helped us solve our problem. Secondly, always everyday my friends do generous and kind things, by helping me edit a piece to making me feel appreciated. These are not just the only kind thing that have been said to me. But, in my opinion are the most important. :-)
    ~Sutton D.

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    1. Wow Sutton! You have a very well written blog with a lot of detail. Nice job.

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  12. Do you think kids can show generosity?

    I definitely think kids can show generosity. There are so many ways they can. Some examples include, kids doing Unicef, any charities, or maybe coming up with ideas for a new charity. I have also seen many kids being generous sometimes more than adults. I think because, chools and every place kids go to have kids do stuff like unicef, or donate to a charity. Also, I believe kids think more about their decisions and might realize that all the stuff they do have, can be given away to a charity or a fundraiser. It might be something simple like sharing a snack or your time with someone or, it could be something big like making a charity or fundraiser for other people that need it. Anyone can be generous if they just try. Its pretty simple.
    -Annie Gleason

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  13. I do think that kids can show generosity. I think that they can do even the smallest things and that can make a difference. I also think that one person can make a difference. For example, it you donated even just a small amount of food or a small amount of money, that could change someone’s life. We are very lucky to have good food, fresh water, and a reliable shelter. Not everyone does. Some things that I could do to help others are participating in organisations like UNICEF and cloths drives. This would help people in need. If I could, I would help others by getting them food and money to help them. This can make a difference.

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  14. I think that kids can show generosity because their are many groups that kids are in where the kids help others. For example me and
    some family and friends all get together during Valentine's day and make crafts to donate to a retirement home. I definitely seen people my age being generous. For example I have seen people my age making donation centers to give to food banks or animal shelters! So kids or adults of any age can make a change!

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    1. Last year I entered this thing at my church were you give something to someone who doesn't get presents on Christmas. Last year I gave my person a pillow (He didn't have one). This year I haven't decided but, I think I might get something from King Suppers for my person. The reason why I entered the gift giving program is because I saw my mom doing it first.

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  16. Yes, I do think kids can show generosity for many reasons. First, kids can show generosity because you can do a lot of things to make people feel happy, even if it is just holding the door open for someone or smiling. In my Girl Scout troop, we did an awesome project for Babies Of Juarez, which was started by a woman in Highlands Ranch. We made baby blankets for the poor, and we talked about giving back. A few things you can do to give back are:
    Hold the door. This is very simple, but it is unbelievably helpful.
    Donate clothes, blankets, toys, etc. to the poor.
    Bake cookies for your neighbors.
    Leave a present in the mailbox for the mailman.
    Listen. This also seems simple, but if someone is having a hard time, just relax and let them get it out of their system.

    I encourage you to go to http://babiesofjuarez.org/ because it will change you as a person.

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  17. Do you think kids can show generosity?
    I think kids can show generosity. Even if they don’t have much money they can show generosity by doing things like helping out or making a craft. Clearly, kids can show generosity.
    Do you think one person can make a difference?
    Yes. One person can make a difference by giving toys to the poor or donating money or something that helps other people around the world. As you can see on person can make a difference.
    Have you done something that helps others?
    Yes I have. One time I took a whole day to help my mom. I did the laundry, I washed the dishes, and cleaned the house.
    What would you do to help others if you could?
    If I could help others I would set up a toy drive. I would bring all my friends and family and we would buy toys for kids who don’t get toys on Christmas.
    Have you seen examples of people being generous?
    Yes. On one ordinary gym day my friend and I were waiting to play soccer. And she saw someone playing by herself. so she invited her over to play with us.

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  18. Do you think kids can show generosity
    I do think that kids can show generosity. I think that it will be easy for kids to show generosity. Just because kids might not have much money does not mean they can not show generosity. Kids can do just the simplest tasks to show generosity. All that us kids have to do is do something meaningful to others. We can make a card for someone that we care about. We can do anything that someone else will treasure forever.
    Do you think one person can make a difference?
    I think that anybody can make a difference. Anybody has the power to change the world, they just have to embrace it. The most ordinary person on earth can change the world, like Walt Disney.
    Have you done something that helps others?
    Yes I have. One ordinary summer day I put all my plans a side to help my mom. My mom was stressing out because she had so much to do so I decided to help her with the dishes, Landry, and house cleaning so she could chill a little. Helping others is easy and I think anybody can do it.
    What would you do to help others if you could?
    If I could help others I would donate money, toys, and cloths to help the one who are less fortunate and don’t have the money for stuff like that. I think it is important to help other who might not be able to get all the stuff other people get.
    Have you seen examples of people your age being generous?
    Yes I have seen someone else my age be generous. One of my neighbors once helped my put together a Christmas party for my cousins and grand parents.

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    1. Eden,
      This is an amazing post! You did a great job! I agree with everything you wrote. You did a great job describing your answers and I love how you formatted it! Nice job!
      Sutton

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  19. Do you think kids can show generosity?

    I definitely think kids can show generosity. There are so many ways they can. Some examples include, kids doing Unicef, any charities, or maybe coming up with ideas for a new charity. I have also seen many kids being generous sometimes more than adults. I think because, chools and every place kids go to have kids do stuff like unicef, or donate to a charity. Also, I believe kids think more about their decisions and might realize that all the stuff they do have, can be given away to a charity or a fundraiser. It might be something simple like sharing a snack or your time with someone or, it could be something big like making a charity or fundraiser for other people that need it. Anyone can be generous if they just try. Its pretty simple.
    -Annie Gleason

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  20. Yes, I think that kids can show generosity. Like one time when I was walking around, I went to a random door step and set some cookies there(they were in a container up). I also think that one person can make a difference. Like the first person to create a video game had created a new revolution in technology. He had changed the world by himself. I do do stuff for others. Like donate clothes, food, or shoes. I have seen someone my age be generous. He was giving homeless people gifts.

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  21. I think that kids have the same rights that adults do to help or to give to others. Kids can do many things to show generosity. One person can definitely make a difference. Think about it this way. If there are two people running for president, and they are tied, what if one person hasn't voted yet? Who ever they vote for, will be president. One person has there own life, own brain, and own ways to live life. It depends on the person. If you want to make a change, you can! So go for it, make a change!Many people are generous. If you donate to UNICEF,by Christmas presents for poor people, or even donate a few dollars to your church or school, you are making a difference in someone else's life. It might be tiny in the beginning, but it will grow in to a big change. I would help others at all cost. I would help others at all times. I am just that kind of person. You can be that kind of person as well. Giving to some one, caring for some one, hoping for some one, are all ways to be generous. Throughout my life, I have done many things to be generous. I have gone to my church to serve families food that are homeless. We have done it twice. I have donated to UNICEF many times before. I donate money to my church. I buy many kids that are poor, Christmas presents. I am generous to many people throughout my life. Anyone can be generous to anyone! Go out, and show generosity to some one! Give them some Christmas Joy!

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  22. Do you think kids can show generosity?
    Yes.
    Kids can show generosity even if they don’t have anything. They can do things for other people like put them first before themselves. They can try to cheer them up when they’re down about something or spend time with them when they’re alone.
    Do you think one person can make a difference?
    Yes.
    Already many individuals have made a difference like Walt Disney or Ben Franklin. Walt Disney brought fun to life. Ben Franklin made electricity so we wouldn’t have much of a chance of fire with candles.
    Have you done something to help others?
    Yes.
    I have done many things that helped or helps others. I have shared my iPod with my friends and brothers and I have put others before me on the playground, at home, etc.
    What would you you do to help others if you could?
    I would try to give others what they need, or possibly want. I would try to make people feel comfortable with what they have. I would try to make others feel like they should be generous too.
    Have you seen examples of people your age being generous?
    Yes.
    Lots of people are soft-hearted and want to make others feel comfortable in their home or make them feel good about themselves for their own good. I think most people have a generous trait in their character.

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  23. I think kids can be generous like everyone else. This year my church is donating money to a family who can’t buy presents for their kids and we're also giving them cookies that we made. Next Sunday, I am bringing in money to donate. Also, earlier this year, we got a message from a family in our neighborhood about donating to families that can’t have food over break. My family send an envelope over to that house so they could donate it to the families. I think I could do more though. I can donate clothes and presents to those less fortunate. Over some years, I have noticed many people being generous to other people, and a lot of times, those people are kids. Anyone can make a difference in the world, it just takes some generosity.

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  24. I think kids can show generosity by thinking of less fortunate. Christmas is the season of spreading cheer, some families don’t have enough money for tons of gifts. I am not saying donate everything but, before you start ripping up wrapper and getting selfish, STOP and think about them. Let yourself know you are concerned. Write a letter about joy and spirit to the m. You can make someone’s day. It does not have be big, a small gesture goes along way. I’ve seen people rush by someone in need of a little worrying about their own needs but, one person will come along and use a minute of their time to help. Be that person. If someone misses something in class catch them up. Put others needs before your own.

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  25. I think kids can show a lot of generosity. Sometimes kids can be nicer than adults. I think that that happens because children think more about what they do than adults. One person can make a difference because they can spread it on to everyone else. Someone has to start everything. You can't all just do the same thing at once. One of the people who are doing it have to make an action. I have done something that helps others and I think everyone does almost everyday. It’s extremely hard to think of something mean to say to someone, but it’s way easier to think of something nice to say. I have seen people my age being generous all the time. There’s a lot of big generous things people do and little things people do. If you drop your pencil and someone picks it up. That is a nice things. Or even if someone breaks your water bottle and then buys you a new one is generous. There is things all around us happening that is nice. It’s not hard, so why not?

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  26. ☃ I think kids can show generosity. They don’t have to go out of their way, they can simply just give a smile.
    ☃ One person can also make a difference. They can be generous to someone, and then that person would be generous to someone else, and it just keeps going and going.
    ☃ I have once donated food for families in need. I felt really good about myself after that.
    ☃ Someone my age has once made Valentine’s day crafts, and gave them to a retirement home. They really showed generosity!

    ~ Chloe F. ☺

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  27. I think that kids can show generosity by helping others. Helping others is very important because when you need help with something that you can’t do alone, they can help you too. Even if they are adults. I think also kids can show generosity by being kind to everyone they see and know. I know this because at my church we have a little visiting time and we go and shake hands and say hi to everyone. And, kids can show generosity by doing the right thing anyway. Doing the right thing isn’t always easy, but it does mean a lot to other people. For example, you should choose your family instead of things.

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  28. Taylor
    I think that kids can show generosity if they care enough. For example, I am going to give presents to the people in my family and I am doing a secret santa with some people at school. I think that anyone in the world can make a difference in the world. For example, some people have started different charities and from this last summer, half of the lemonade and craft money we got is going to the Dumb Friends League. Last, at my church we are filling shoe boxes with different things and the church is donating them to kids in different countries that are poor. So, yes. Kids can make a difference and they can show generosity.

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  29. As a teacher, I see students being generous everyday. They may not always realize they do it, but it is there. I think the problem is many people and children think generosity must be some BIG display, when in actuality, it is the little things that make a big difference. This can be anything from including someone on the playground, writing a drop to fill someone's bucket, helping without being asked, smiling at someone who looks down, or offering to lend a hand when someone needs it. I see these things happening everyday around me, I just wish people could know and feel how much it makes a difference.

    I also believe with all my heart that one person can make a difference. All of us are powerful people with big hearts. We have the power to build people up, and unfortunately the power to tear people down. By being generous in anyway you can, you have the power to make someone's day. Here at Franklin for example we support Developmental Pathways. Students this October donated some of their Halloween candy. While this was tough for some people, just one person's bag of donated candy went towards making the clients at DP holidays a little bit brighter. Think about people like Nelson Mandela, or Mother Theresa, or Martin Luther King Jr. They were all individuals who made a difference by standing up for what they believed in and truly wanting to make the world a better place. If people realize their positive power, there would be no stopping the impact it could make on the world around us.

    Me personally, I love being able to "give back" to others around me. I have worked at soup kitchens, food pantries, Developmental Pathways, Habitat for Humanity, all great organizations. All it took was the desire to help others and getting my parents on board to support me in that work. There is no better feeling in the world than knowing you did some good and made someone else's life a little bit brighter and easier that day. The holidays are a great time to remember how fortunate we all are to have roofs over our heads, food on the table, and warm clothes to wear. We sometimes get caught up in the little things, "I want this, I want that," but if we take a minute to step back and realize how many people have half of what we have, it helps shift our mindset to being grateful, which leads us to the path of being generous. With all of the big hearts that exist in our school, I can only imagine the changes our world will benefit from because of our generous students. Remember, it is the little things that can make a huge difference and everyone is in a position to do something today that can make a big difference in someone else's life tomorrow.

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  30. The world would be more awesome if everyone had a growth mindset. Having a fixed mindset only brings you down and gets you nowhere. A growth mindset keeps you persistent, positive, and helps you work hard not just at school, at home too. To begin, a growth mindset helps you be persistent. I know this because having a fixed mindset just makes sure you quit. A growth mindset will ask questions to help you understand the problem more. Another reason why a growth mindset helps you because it helps you stay positive. I know this because a fixed mindset just says I can’t do this, a growth mindset would say, “OK, what do I need to do to solve this problem?” Also, a growth mindset is important because it helps you work hard. I know this because one of the main reasons why a growth mindset is a growth mindset is because it helps you work hard with positive words. A growth mindset is very useful in many ways.

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